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Lakewood Police hope new DNA profile will identify suspect in Seeley Park murder

Visiting her son’s gravesite hasn’t gotten easier for Vicky Jordan. It’s been one year since her son, Danny Guerin, was found stabbed to death near his pickup truck in the parking lot of Seeley Lake Park in Lakewood.
“You’ll never have closure when you have your child is murdered in such a violent way,” said Jordan.
Now, Lakewood Police say they have a DNA profile of a possible suspect in the 36-year-old’s murder.
“Officers found what they believe was fresh spit or saliva, probably about 5 to 6 feet from the victim’s body,” said Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler. “Obviously, if it’s not dried it’s pretty recent so they’ve made that collection and we got back a DNA profile and it came back as a male. That’s all we know. We’ve entered it into CODIS, which is a nationwide database. We’re waiting for a hit. It gets checked at least weekly because somebody is going to have to be arrested and have their sample inserted into it and if we can get a match, obviously that’s a good lead for us because that person has to explain why their saliva which was reasonably fresh was still at the scene of that crime.”
If they got a tip from the public on a person of interest, they could compare their DNA to that sample.
“If that DNA gets a match, you can’t say it wasn’t me. DNA doesn’t lie. It could have been a witness. It could have been that they were just there and maybe they left just as this was getting ready to start but saw something. We’d love for that hit to come up sometime sooner than later,” said Lawler. Surveillance video from Aug. 27, 2015 shows a pedestrian walking from the north to the south entering the park at 9200 Lakewood Drive SW before Guerin arrives in his 2003 blue Chevrolet truck. Detectives believe the homicide occurred about five minutes later and think he may have been a victim of an attempted robbery. However, a motive has not been determined.
“He really was such a gentle person to us so for him to go out in such a violent way is really horrible to us,” said Jordan.  Detectives are asking for any information on suspicious persons or vehicles seen near or in Seeley Park that night.
“I often wonder if there’s somebody that knows something about this case or maybe our suspect confided in somebody and their holding on to that secret for a little while. I always hope that those people, their conscience gets the better of them and they decide to come forward to turn their friend in or family member in to do the right thing,” said Lawler.
If you have any information that can help detectives solve the case, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477). There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. This is one of the cases featured on “Washington’s Most Wanted” Friday night at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

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